Top 10 Value Red Wines of 2015

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Price is not always indicative of the quality of the wine. This past year, the quality of so-called “Value Wines” of under $30 continued to impress our tasting panel throughout the year, raising the bar in this category. These wines drink like wines in much higher price categories.

If you would like to order any of these wines, we invite you to Mix and match as you wish in a mixed case*. You can either contact us at info@wineriff.com to place your order, or order them individually below.

Pali Huntington Pinot NoirPALI 2014 PINOT NOIR
HUNTINGTON VINEYARD

Recently featured as one of the 5 “America’s Best Value Pinot Noirs” in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Pali continues to be the “go-to” Value wine for fans of quality Pinot Noir. If you thought Pali couldn’t possibly do better than their previous two high scoring vintages, I can’t wait for you to try the 2014. Pali’s 2014 has terrific depth coupled with a myriad of delectable flavors so fascinating, you’ll feel like you won the lottery. $22.50 $19.99

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Krutz Family Cabernet SauvignonKRUTZ FAMILY 2012 NAPA CABERNET SAUVIGNON
MAGNOLIA VINEYARD

Although not named on the bottle, 100% of the fruit for this value-centered Cabernet Sauvignon has origins in Oakville, an area widely considered the sweet spot for top quality Napa wines. The blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon at 91% and accented with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. From a vintage unanimously heralded for its unwavering quality, this delicious Cabernet impresses with its deep, concentrated flavors, and compelling personality. $25.00 $21.99

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J. Rickards ZinfandelJ. RICKARDS 2013 ZINFANDEL
“ANCESTOR SELECTIONS”

This beauty was produced from a hillside vineyard in Alexander Valley. Cuttings from the winery’s flagship 1908 Brignole Vineyard were grafted on this hill, along with some other old vines from top vineyards spread out across Alexander Valley. It showcases the complex, multi-dimensional character that these old-school style “field blends” are known for… The Ancestor Selections is a fantastic value. $28.00 $19.99

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Luli-Pinot-NoirLULI 2013 PINOT NOIR
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS

The brainchild of Master Sommelier, Sara Floyd, this terrific Pinot was made by Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni Family, Lucia, Fort Ross), from vineyards farmed by his bother, Mark Pisoni. “Brilliant ruby-red. Strawberry and raspberry on theperfumed nose, along with suggestions of allspice andsmoky minerals. Deeper and darker in character on thepalate, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors, with ahint of white pepper adding vivacity. This lithe, nicelyfocused Pinot finishes with appealing sweetness,easygoing tannins and very good persistence. -Josh Raynolds”  90 Points $21.99

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Katherine-Goldschmidt-Cabernet-SauvignonKATHERINE GOLDSCHMIED 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
CRAZY CREEK VINEYARD

One of our most popular and top-selling Cabernet Sauvignons in 2015. The wine is made by internationally renowned winemaker, Nick Goldschmidt. Incredibly, at only $19.99/btl, this impressive Cabernet Sauvignon scored 96 Points, and earned Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, besting hundreds of other wines… More than 60 Professional Judges tasted 4,900 wines, and agreed that this wine was among the elite, the crème de la crème! $25.00 $19.99

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Sette Ponte Crognolo Super Tuscan BlendSETTE PONTE 2013 CROGIOLO
SUPER TUSCAN BLEND, ITALY

Earning a coveted spot on James Suckling’s Top 100 List this year, Sette Ponti’s Crognolo scored an impressive 95 Points! At under $25 per bottle, this renowned Super Tuscan Blend will be a superstar in your cellar, and a champion on your dinner table. Comprised of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, the 2013 Crognolo rests for 10-14 months in Oak and spends a year in the bottle before release. $35.00 $22.99

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Stack-House-Proprietary-RedSTACK HOUSE 2013 PROPRIETARY RED WINE
NAPA VALLEY

Made by husband and wife team Anna & Mario Monticelli, Stack House has proven to be a steadfast producer of high-caliber Napa Valley reds at realistic prices. Anna was the former assistant winemaker at Bryant Family which retails for around $700/btl, as well as winemaker at Piña. Her husband Mario has worked alongside legendary winemaker Philippe Melka at Quintessa, Hundred Acre, Vineyard 29, Melka and Lail. Together this powerful partnership is producing wines that merit serious attention. A deliciously precise blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc. $24.99

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Famiglia-Bianchi-MalbecFAMIGLIA BIANCHI 2013 MALBEC
MENDOZA, ARGENTINA

As a testament to the unrivaled quality of Famiglia Bianchi’s Malbec, the previous vintage of this wine was our top selling wine in 2014, with hundreds of cases sold. The follow up 2013 is strikingly rich, poised and concentrated, with a velvety mouthfeel and soft, well integrated tannins. Outstanding! $20.00 $17.99

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3-Rings-Shiraz3 RINGS 2013 SHIRAZ
BAROSSA VALLY, AUSTRALIA

Scoring 92 Points in the Wine Spectator, the 2013 3 Rings Shiraz is already one of the highest rated Shiraz for the vintage, and it only costs $18.99. Equaling or outscoring such icons as, Mollydooker’s Blue Eyed Boy, (92pts, $49/btl), Two Hands “Angels Share”, (90 pts $30/btl), Timo Mayer “Big Betty” (86pts $70/btl). Listed as a “Smart Buy” by the Wine Spectator, the review boasts, “Plush and spicy, this exotic style layers ripe plum and cherry fruit… a long and vivid finish.” 92 Points $24.00 $18.99

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Sebastiani-Gravel-Bed-Red-2013SEBASTIAN 2013 GRAVEL BED RED
SONOMA VALLEY

One of our most beloved and re-ordered blends, I introduced the previous vintage of this wine in August of 2014… In December the wine earned 94 Points from Robert Parker, (and my price was only $21.99/btl…) It sold out instantly… For some perspective, Sebastiani’s famous Cherry BlockCabernet also scored 94 Points from Robert Parker and retails for nearly $100. $35.00 $21.99

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